Kubalik Leads Blackhawks To OT, Panthers Score 5 and Win

So you’ve given up a league-worst 15 goals in three games. What better time to give a goaltender his NHL debut?

Kevin Lankinen was promoted to the active roster and thrown into the fire against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Forward Brandon Hagel also got the call to jump into the lineup, replacing Matthew Highmore.

Why not?

The game started in similar fashion to Sunday evening: the Hawks looked okay defensively but struggled to generate a lot of offensive zone time. Neither team was able to put the puck in the net for more than 13 minutes, but a defensive breakdown ended that as Carter Verhaeghe scored his first of the season to give Florida a 1-0 lead.

Less than three minutes later a Patric Hornqvist power play goal made it 2-0 Florida and it felt like déjà vu all over again. Hornqvist’s goal came nine seconds into a Dylan Strome penalty.

Aleksander Barkov did the Blackhawks a huge favor and went to the box 27 seconds after the Hornqvist goal and Chicago went to work.

Then Dominik Kubalik flipped the switch.

Kubalik clearly had the safety off coming in and was set up perfectly to unload his first goal of the season.

That goal brought the Blackhawks within one with 80 seconds left in the first period.

Chicago was out-shot 10-8 in the first period but Lankinen didn’t look awful. Frankly, with a few exceptions the Blackhawks goaltenders have looked okay for a lot of the time this season; but the breakdowns have come on fast and furious and the Hawks haven’t been able to climb out of the holes they’ve been digging.

So when Verhaeghe scored his second of the night, a power play goal, 2:45 into the second period it felt like we were headed back to Five Goals Against Land again.

To their credit, from that point forward the Blackhawks started playing more physically and it paid dividends.

Chicago got another power play and Kubalik went to work again.

Kubalik’s second of the night gave the Blackhawks some momentum. He was shooting almost every time he touched the puck, which helps a scorer get into the scoring column. Jeremy Colliton also bumped him up onto a line with Patrick Kane and Stome, which helps any skater’s confidence.

In the middle of the second period Adam Boqvist was on the receiving end of a big hit. He went off and eventually made his way to the room. He did not return to the Blackhawks bench.

With 5:32 left in the second. Kane got a penalty shot after he was illegally impeded on a breakaway. Unfortunately, his attempt was denied and Florida maintained their one-goal lead.

Until Kane tied the game.

That goal with 50 seconds left in the period tied the game at three.

Chicago out-shot Florida 15-9 in the second period. Lankinen looked good and the defense looked more confident with Boqvist out of the rotation. Nikita Zadorov had five hits through 40 minutes of hockey.

Hagel had the least ice time (7:03) through two periods; Philipp Kurashev (7:38) found himself at the end of the bench as well. Kubalik was credited with six shots on net in the opening two periods.

Andrew Shaw had four penalty minutes resulting from a tripping call coupled with a misconduct call at 29 seconds into the second, leading to Verhaeghe’s second goal.

Two important questions needed to be answered as the third period began: Could the Blackhawks win a game? And would Florida get to five goals?

The good news to open the third period was Boqvist returning to the ice.

Duncan Keith went to the box early in the third but the Blackhawks killed it off well.

Chicago would take the lead for the first time in the 2021 season with 13:54 left in the game. The go-ahead goal came off the stick of Kurashev, his first career NHL goal.

Full marks to the kid for his first career marker, but it was a terrible goal for the $10 million man – Sergei Bobrovsky – to allow.

So would the Blackhawks deal with this new success?

Ryan Carpenter went to the box 27 seconds after the Kurashev goal and Keith Yandle scored on the power play to tie the game. Because of course.

The game got more physical down the stretch but neither team was able to find the back of the net.

Chicago had a 32-25 shot advantage after regulation, led by seven shots on net by Kubalik. Mitchell and Boqvist spent most of the third period on the bench in the close game.

The Panthers had a 3-on-1 one minute into overtime but Lankinen made a huge save to keep the game alive.

Sadly, Frankie Vatrano got Florida their fifth goal of the night 2:50 into overtime and Chicago lost for the fourth time in as many games.

Yes, the Blackhawks allowed five goals for the fourth straight game.

There were plenty of positives from this game despite the loss. Kubalik was a man possessed (two goals, one assist). Zadorov was a wrecking ball (nine hits). Kurashev continues to look like a legit NHL forward. Lankinen played well.

Chicago picked up its first point in the standings for the 2021 season. And, after leading for 0:00 in the first three games, the Blackhawks had a lead for 71 seconds on Tuesday night. Baby steps, people.

Unfortunately the Blackhawks limiting their young defensemen in the third and Colliton’s unwillingness to skate either of them in overtime led to some tired legs on the back end.

That’s 0-3-1 for Chicago to start the season.

59 thoughts on “Kubalik Leads Blackhawks To OT, Panthers Score 5 and Win

  • January 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    January 19, 2021 at 8:21 pm
    See thats what happens when people say how many games we lose in a row.

    Lankinen goes 15-15 and other goalies go 5-15 tahts 20-30 and ties. Prob good enough for 2nd before ping pong balls.

    Want him to do good but not better then 15-15.

  • January 19, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Tab called it.
    The coach is a shmuck.

    4 games.
    3 goalies.
    20 goals against.
    Time for Duncan The GEICO Walrus to suit up, while the most interesting man in the world works to sign Cristobal Huet.

  • January 19, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Normally ties are good because they are not loses nor win. So good for goalie and players.

    Still need to keep eye on the prise. Top 5 skill draft player we got a good chance/odds/% of 2nd before ping pong balls.

  • January 19, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    We need a different coach and a goalie. Full Stop.

  • January 19, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Agree with letting the young players play in key situations- JC used to do that but I guess he really wanted the win tonight

    Keith again directly responsible for 2 FLA goals – he didn’t pick up the trailer after Lank made the initial save on DuClair’s breakaway and in OT he wasn’t anywhere close to his man Vatrano but instead puck watching

    Big Z was noticeable in a good way. Hagel had a good first game and even though the Hawks gave up 5 Lankinen had the best goalie performance by a Hawk so far this year – he gave them a chance to win and no softies – I think he’s earned the next start

    Generally from 2nd on I liked the way they played – best effort yet – now for 60 minutes like they played the last 43

  • January 19, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Noonan says I’m a cynic.
    I can live with that.

    Cynicism keeps one pragmatic in time of Kool-aid ideology.

    That ideology is…. Young coach develops young talent.

    The fact that Bowman sold that line to some fans after two years of this young coach bumbling around is astounding.

    As P.T. Barnum infamously said, ‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’

  • January 19, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Kurashev did that screenshot so often with Québec when he played junior ..quick release when he pass in front of Dman..and it works in Nhl also .good boy ..glad for him .Lankinen should get the next game in the net
    Hagel should also get another game or 2 .
    Keith has 3 assists in 4 games.
    This young team will need at least 12-15 games together
    Tonight there was 8 new players on the ice that weren’t there last year .
    8/19 ..that’s a lot of new faces
    Love my Hawks

  • January 19, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    our core is down to two, and Keith sadly has stopped competing, unlike Kane who really wanted this one. Colliton sucks. Hawks played some decent hockey tonight, Kub will need to lead now.

  • January 19, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    If Jeremy doesn’t f*ck him up and Stan doesn’t trade him, the Blackhawks will have another Norris trophy winner in Ian Mitchell. soon.
    Good lord that kid is fun to watch.

    Also, can we have Carter Hutton back?
    That’d be palatable.

  • January 19, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Looked like they were having fun out there tonight at least. Good to see Kubalik get his offense going and Kurashev get his first, Kane being Kane on his backhander. Boqvist even looked to be having fun when he played, getting involved on offense, picked up another assist, not on ice for any goals against. Long way to go but a small step forward. Mitchell looking solid and improving every game, thought Lankinen played well despite the 5 goals, seemed fairly calm when under pressure, should get better results with a game or 2 under his belt. Gotta like Zadorov,s physical play he brings, like everybody else seems to get lost in Collitons system by times.

  • January 19, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Boqvist did not receive a big hit.He was manhandled and bodyslammed to the ice.He can’t protect himself and he does not belong out there. 1st shift of the game he was outskated and outworked for the puck.Kubalik and Kane were top notch all night.Please leave Kurashev and Hagel in the lineup.Keith needs the Seabrook treatment and be sat down for every other game.On the Overtime goal he was pathetic.He was poor all night.Zadorov and Shaw were hitting everything in sight.Refreshing to see.

  • January 19, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Not going to rehash everything but there were some positives tonight. Perimeter’s “Duncan” the GEIGO walrus quote was pretty funny. Maybe humor helps IDK.

  • January 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Isn’t everyone tired of reading the same old comments day after day … hey I know – let’s try something new and it will be fun too – let’s all dedicate our comments to complaining about Colliton and Stan … oh wait …

    On a positive note – Kurashev has looked pretty good, even before he scored his 1st NHL goal. I knew he had NHL level skill but was skeptical he had the intestinal fortitude to play in the NHL. So far so good. Keep it up kid.

    I suppose Lankinen was better than Subban and Delia but that’s kind of like winning the tallest midget contest. So, whatever.

    Even though Suter hasn’t potted one yet I think he looks like an NHL player. I like his game and think he could be a keeper.

    As to Colliton possibly screwing up prospects – I thought Dach progressed nicely as the season went along – same with Kubalik who improved throughout the season. Course – Colliton probably had nothing to do with that because we all know he doesn’t know what he’s doing so he couldn’t have contributed to anything positive.

    More good news – Detroit picked up 2 points tonight so the Hawks are now 3 points ahead in the race to the bottom.

  • January 19, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    3 on 3 seems like it would benefit speed..I remember Toews-Kane-Keith having their way with teams when the new format was introduced five years ago. No reason not to give Mitchell, Boqvist, or Kurashev a shot with Kane at the beginning of overtime. Poor coaching from Colliton who looked like he was pulling names out of a hat during the overtime period. Beyond that, I liked the fight in the team tonight. If you can’t take the puck, take the body. And Boqvist with his 3rd assist while only playing 13 min..I’ll continue to lead the charge that he isn’t the problem. He’s a young, puck moving, offensive defenseman who needs a defensively sound partner(like literally 90 percent of the offensive defensemen in the league). Pair him with a defensively sound, left handed dman and he’ll be all good. BTW I don’t know yet if the Hawks actually have one on their roster currently, but that’s what the draft is for. Color me excited at the prospect of trading DeHaan at the deadline for picks.

  • January 19, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Evan is right.
    Keith looks to have stopped competing.
    How old is he? 38?

    Reminds me of Chelios at tail end of his Hawks days.

    Getting old, being asked to do everything and play heavy minutes on a go nowhere team.

    Chelios took a trade to you know where, was asked to part of the wheel, not the whole damn wheel (Bad pun), and he won two more Cups.

    Don’t want to see Keith leave, but has forgotten more about this game than Colliton will ever know.

    Would not blame him if he left this train wreck before he finds himself in Richard Kimble’s position.

    time marches on.

  • January 19, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Other good things have already been commented on, so here’s two minor positives for the night: 1) Mitchell pinched down to the dots AND finished the job with a pass to a teammate (with a beautiful between the legger, I might add), instead of turning it over and creating an odd-man rush the other way; 2) Late in the 3rd, with the puck stuck along the boards in the D-zone, Suter knocked a Panther off the puck so the boys could retrieve and clear the zone. Two of the sorts of things that have been sorely lacking of late.
    Unfortunately, Wrap was spot on about #2’s terminal errors in this contest

  • January 20, 2021 at 1:56 am

    I doubt Keith is worth much on the trade market – maybe get a second round pick for him but I wouldn’t expect more than that. If the Hawks retain some of his $5.5M cap hit he probably gets more in a trade – but he’s still got 2 more years after 2021 and unlike Kane, who is still at the top of his game, Keith is 37 and declining. I wouldn’t waste the lone remaining salary retention slot on trading Keith – I would save that in the hope Kane would agree to a trade.

  • January 20, 2021 at 6:22 am

    Mitchell looked pretty quick out there recovering

    Kurashev is a keeper too

    Gonna be a long year for Kane losing more games than he is used to

  • January 20, 2021 at 6:36 am

    2021 Record: 20-30-6

    2021 Posts:
    95 % – Various line combinations, criticisms and theories
    91% Colliton and Bowman suck, need to be fired, are to blame for everything
    87% – Play the Kids, See What We Have. It’s all about development and rebuilding
    82% – Goalies suck / defense sucks
    5% – Something new, insightful, humorous

  • January 20, 2021 at 8:28 am

    It is a shame that our Hawks are in this position. But they are so we have to live with it. That said, the game last night was fun to watch. These guys compete hard and the skill level of some of the new guys gives us hope.

    Kubalik was excellent. Wasn’t it Kubi that made the pass to Kane for the eventual penalty shot? His game was solid all around with some steals as well. They need to have him blast away when he is out there. It does not matter if the opponent knows it’s coming. Let him blast. DeBrincat had some good moments too. However, DeBrincat will cough up the puck anytime he is pressured. He will probably continue to get a large percentage of his goals on the PP where he can’t be pressured much.

    Zadorov’s hits are good, but not just because they are hits. Many of them were effective in separating players from pucks. He isn’t perfect, but you have to live with it in order to have at least one player on your team that can keep the opponent honest and on alert. He seems to be a step in the right direction.

    It was interesting that Bobrovsky was making glove saves on some great opportunities for the Hawks. On a couple of them, the Hawks were close in. It appeared that he just had his glove in the right position and the Hawks shot it right in to the glove. But I am sure that’s why they teach goalies to have the glove there.

    It was good entertainment last night.

  • January 20, 2021 at 8:53 am

    What I liked about Kurashev’s goal was it showed the confidence he has to make NHL level plays. He busted in and protected the puck from the defender trying to angle him away from the middle of the ice and then used the defender as a screen to get a wrist shot on net, all while at top speed. Yes, the goalie probably stops that shot 9 times out of 10 because it was from pretty far out – but Kurashev used the screen for maximum effect and got off a high velocity wrist shot with accuracy. If his wrist shot didn’t have the snap it did the goalie probably stops that shot 10 times out of 10.

    It looked like he knew what he wanted to do in an instant and executed it perfectly. It wasn’t a stumble fukk rookie move where he more or less plays hot potato with the puck just trying to do anything to get the puck toward the net – he did what he did with confidence and purpose.

    It’s 3 games into his NHL career so I’ll temper my enthusiasm a bit but so far I’m pleasantly impressed.

  • January 20, 2021 at 9:11 am

    I wonder if Soderberg will be in the line up for the home opener and if yes who comes out

    Unfortunately the obvious choice is Kurashev but that seems counter productive with the youth movement – I would consider Carpenter if someone else maybe Soderberg can take on his PK role

  • January 20, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Who Is John Galt

    99.9999%- Hawks drafting very high in 2021!

  • January 20, 2021 at 10:10 am

    I agree with you about the youth movement and imagine when Toews and Seabrook come back , Where will the young wave play ….In Rockford like usual . And when Dach come back in 3 months .
    The Hawks are cut in a dilemma with the Kraken next year ,they can’t Trade to many players
    So next year will be the youth movement. Now they just can play some kids 8-9 games each to keep many players available for Seattle.
    Just my 2 pesos

  • January 20, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Lucas Richelieu, 1 goal 3 assists on Tuesday. His game is trending upward.
    Drew Commesso, 2 wins over top-10 UMass.
    Artur Kayumov having a big year for Lokomotiv in Russia.
    Wyatt Kaiser, top pair defenseman for UMDeluth as an 18-year-old.

    Rebuilding takes time but there are some nice pieces to support Dach, Mitchell, Kurashev who appear NHL ready for sure.

  • January 20, 2021 at 10:44 am

    January 19, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Stef, trying not to say too many times I really big on Kurachev Mitch Barratt. Theres just this juice I see with there games.

  • January 20, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Hawks2010 not sure what you mean for sure, but number of games played doesn’t affect expansion draft eligibilty. That is deceided by playing 2 years of pro hockey in Nhl or Ahl. Each team has to have 1 forward and 1 defenseman left exposed for Seattle that has played 70 games last 2 seasons or 40 games this season. Never heard but would make sense if game requirements were adjusted because of abbreviated seasons.

    Wrap when Soderberg returns, i expect Hagel unfortunately may be casualty and moved back to Taxi Squad.

  • January 20, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Who said something bas about Bowman or Colliatn.

    January 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm
    Isn’t everyone tired of reading the same old comments day after day … hey I know – let’s try something new and it will be fun too – let’s all dedicate our comments to complaining about Colliton and Stan … oh wait …

  • January 20, 2021 at 11:38 am

    It would be nice to see DET wins more games then last yr. Like you were ahead at 0/1 wins/ties to 2 wins/ties. So maybe we donot go 8-0 vs DET and if its anywhere near 4-4 taht alone could get us 1st before ping pong balls.

    Still I like the 2 spot before ping pong balls. As another team like OTT SJ ANA LA could embrace the suck and beat us for 1st. I like that 2 spot winning the 1st draft pick.

    January 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm
    More good news – Detroit picked up 2 points tonight so the Hawks are now 3 points ahead in the race to the bottom.

  • January 20, 2021 at 11:59 am

    This reminds me of Teravainen. His goal in game 1 TB that tied the game 1-1 was a sneaky snapper from father out then normal and from place you donot normally expect. Bingo bango.

    This is the kind of stuff Teravainen did and I think Kurachev Mitch and BoQ will do. Once we get a full roster again were going to loaded.

    Needing a full roster of players who backcheack and do the right things like less then 49 said.

    For as good as the 2009 roster was they needed to learn to backcheck better. Hoss taught them and the rest is history. The only Dynasty in the salary cap era/maybe ever.
    January 20, 2021 at 8:53 am
    What I liked about Kurashev’s goal was it showed the confidence he has to make NHL level plays. He busted in and protected the puck from the defender trying to angle him away from the middle of the ice and then used the defender as a screen to get a wrist shot on net, all while at top speed. Yes, the goalie probably stops that shot 9 times out of 10 because it was from pretty far out – but Kurashev used the screen for maximum effect and got off a high velocity wrist shot with accuracy.

  • January 20, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Blackhawks on current roster eligible for expansion draft, rest exempt or nmcs.
    Forwards: meet compliancy
    Debrincat. Yes
    Strome. Yes
    Nylander. ??
    Wallmark. Yes
    Shaw. Needs games
    Kampf. Yes
    Carpenter. Yes
    Highmore. Yes
    Pirri. Unlikely
    Quenneville. Unlikely

    Dehaan. Needs games
    Murphy. Yes
    Zadorov. Yes
    Carlsson. Needs games
    Lindholm. Unlikely

    Delia. Yes
    Subban. Yes
    Lankinen. Yes

  • January 20, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Kurashev good
    Suter good
    Fairly fun game to watch
    Go Blackhawks!

  • January 20, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Broken record here. I wouldn’t bother to try and analyze the goalies until they individually played at least ten games….yes given the short season this means the season is over half over at this point. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for all three….essentially they’ve each played one /two preseason games with new teams and new defenders including a defenseman who has just played his first four games. The goaltending situation isnt even worth talking about for a while. That said I didnt see subban interview but did lankinen and celia. Based on the interviews Lankinen sounds like he really wants the net. A good thing and a bad thing, what’s your opinion? Do you like a goalie willing to share the net or a goalie who wants to be the guy? Again I’m just reading into the interview maybe too much but Lankinen based on the fifteen sentences I heard him say Lankinen really wants the net. Just the same in day continue to start all three in my opinion worst case scenario this team moves up in the draft….which

    Which brings me to another point. any team drafting earlier in each round…well with scouting the way it is currently the 2nd round + is may very well be a guessing game, meaning this may be one of the absolute worst years to be drafting high in each round….course giving the drafting history of this team that may very well be a good thing.

    Duncan was responsible for two goals which stinks but that’s what happens when you’re a defender, nobody is perfect and we can analyze it all we want. The one where he ended up behind the net instead of in front of the net looked rough but he seemed to have it on his mind later being in front of the net and almost scoring on his own team. No harm no foul on that one. It’s easy to say Duncan’s minutes should be cut to give the prospects and opportunity. …Interesting people say this…boqvist couldnt even play the full game. Maybe boqvist was scheduled to play more minutes this game, oh well.

    I’m not writing off Duncan unlike many people. appreciate the Chelios Keith comparison. Yeah Chelios won two more cups after leaving Chicago each almost a decade apart. ..yikes! I’m sure many dont know Chelios did come close to winning yet another cup…in Chicago with the Chicago Wolves. They lost in game 7 western conference finals in overtime Jamie Benn scored the game winner with Chelios on the ice, he was 48. Oh by the way, its early but Duncan currently leads the team in points with four assists, three from the power play.

    I just dont know what this team is doing. Jc will never reveal his player/team development and game plans so we will all be left guessing as to what the overall gameplan is. Everything he says is very generic as maybe it should be. Are they trying to win games or put players in situations to help them develop??? Who does said development plan apply to on this team besides the obvious ?

    Steve Konroyd does some of the best intermission and post game work. Think he is on his 15th year as part of broadcast team. His soft spoken and matter of fact commentary is among the best in the nhl. If you havent been watching the post game show give it a view.

  • January 20, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Kubalik Soderburg Kane
    Dcat Strome Shaw
    Kurashev Suter Hagel
    Kampf Wallmark Janmark

    Keith Murphy
    deHaan Boqvist
    Mitchell Zadorov


  • January 20, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Keith Rots ,afraid to get hit, plays goalie with his stick instead of clearing goal scorers out of our crease, Really Bad on PP..
    Can’t skate, ALWAYS out of position.. otherwise playing his usual so-so hockey
    ONLY DIFF. this year, NO CROW to bail his ass out… Time to retire.
    Don’t Ever compare this rag to Chelios.
    Not even close…
    Our “best dman” @ MINUS 4…
    Think he needs an extension on his contract so he has time to work it all out.
    And chatter about Boquist (20 YEARS OLD) needs work on HIS skating… lol

  • January 20, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Jeremy Colliton is Alpo Suhenon reincarnate.

    For those of us old enough in our Blackhawks fandom we remember the Alpo Era, foiled upon us by Dollar Bill Wirtz and Bob Pulford during one of their whiskey and cigarettes benders. Alpo tried to install a Euro style of hockey on an Original Six hockey team with a decorated history of playing in the blue collar Norris Division. It failed spectacularly. And the Alpo Era did so much damage to the faith of diehard fans that it took Wirtz and Pully awhile to recover publicly. Granted they were teach too drunk and fixed on acquiring lung cancer just as soon as possible to care, but you get the point.

    I watched last night’s game. I get it that the talent out on the ice is shockingly inadequate in the name of Stan Bowman’s rebuild strategy. But a coach who has been entrusted with the keys to a rebuilding club has to be respected and a true teacher. And smarter than a whip on hockey fundamentals and strategy. Colliton is none of that. The style of play he is implementing is horrendous.

    Duncan Keith has already quit on Colliton, and frankly I can’t blame him. I know that Colliton signed an extension, but I’ll just put this down for the record right now. There is no way he lasts until March 1. No possible way at all.

  • January 20, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Perimeter (second season, Kimble in hospital bed handcuffed, Gerard walks in).

    Gerard: “Kimble, I’ve waited a long time”.

    Kimble: “Not long enough.”

  • January 20, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    While it’s only 4 games in and way too early to make any bold statements, nevertheless there are encouraging signs which is really all we could have hoped for at this point. Put another way – no one has disappointed. All 3 of the rookies who played their first NHL games – Mitchell, Suter and Kurashev – have shown enough to be encouraging.

    Putting it into perspective, if at the end of this season all three of those guys have proven to be keepers and a part of the rebuilt team, then the season will be a success. A top-4 d-man and (2) top-9 C/W’s would be a big step forward in the rebuild.

    With Dach coming back and continued improvement from DCat, Kubalik, Strome, Boqvist and Nylander we have the making of the future core group. Now add in top-5 draft picks from 2021 and 2022 along with Reichel and there’s (11) top-9/top-4 players, with none of them being older that 25.

  • January 20, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Billy Reay
    Are you OK? Seriously man, is something eating at you?

    You noted in a posting that #2 was a minus 3 Tuesday night.

    How can that be if FLA scores 5 goals, 3 on PP?

    You know PP goals do not count against minus numbers, but count FOR plus numbers, right?

    Sheesh man.
    Keith will be a HOF member and will certainly have his number retired in Chicago.

    You know that too, right?

    You rag on him like he cost you your job or stole your woman.

    Yeah, his skill set is eroding.
    Yeah, he not the skater he once was.
    Yeah, he is frustrated with his Clearisil coach.
    Yeah, he is asked to do way too much for a 37 year old defenseman.

    But his longevity, hardware collection, leadership (He has worn the ‘A’ since 2008-09), and commitment to the 4 Feathers is beyond reproach.

    All very, very comparable to Chris Chelios.

    Surely you know that too, right?

    So take it easy, man.

    This is a hockey blog.
    If you want to rag on Keith, try doing it with satire.

    It is way more fun for everyone.

  • January 20, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Funny Iceman

  • January 20, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Honest, I think based on our track record of drafting in 2nd round is/and I know each draft is different deep or not deep wise.

    We have drafted lots of goof players from 1st half of 2nd and I think only one good player from 2nd half of 2nd. So I like having 2nd round picks 30-45 every draft.

    Commesso maybe
    Vlassic maybe
    Clendening only one so far

    Mitch only one so far

    So you can see I think we got a lot of good players from 1st half of 2nd and maybe only Mitch from the 2nd half of 2nd. Thats this deacde only sure.

    The rest of draft yea just that I think we do excellent in that 1st half of 2nd drafting.

    January 20, 2021 at 4:09 pm
    Which brings me to another point. any team drafting earlier in each round…well with scouting the way it is currently the 2nd round + is may very well be a guessing game, meaning this may be one of the absolute worst years to be drafting high in each round….course giving the drafting history of this team that may very well be a good thing.

  • January 20, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    An unusual thing about the 2021 draft is that because Arizona has to forfeit their 1st round pick – every team picking after them gets to move up one spot. So the 1st pick in the 2nd round will be #32 instead of #33. So if the Hawks finish with the worst record, they would get (2) 1st round picks – #1 (or 2/3/4 depending how the ping pong balls drop) and #32. I don’t know if this is considered a deep draft where the end of the 1st round is still considered Tier-2/Tier-3 level players – but selecting from the pool of players at #32 is better than at #33, regardless what number the round is. Thanks you Arizona.

  • January 20, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    I guess to me the cutoff is half way 2nd round. Then its like that. For us for others teams might not be the same.

    So I want to see us move up with 3rd round pick to 45th area or better so we can get two good players from 2nd and a gem like 77 in 1st.

    For Chelios thats what I see in 19 88 maybe not 2 that like DET had dynasty then won 10 yrs later thats were I see 19 88 doing same. For us DET 99-05 is us last 5 yrs 16-21. Now were loading up again and still have 19 88 so far and they can win another Cup with young wave loaded.

  • January 20, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    ER, the young wave was coming no matter who liked it not. So we ll be loaded again just need to get enough elite players in there. 77 and this top pick are two.

    I thought it would start with the four horsemen but somebody traded one of them for 92. Thanks for Suter could make that ok. Three horsemena and 77 is still the same kind of start for loading. Now just finnish the load off by getting the rest of the elite/good players from 21 22 draft like your saying.

    Then add the kind with the capspace Ian said we ll have when its time. Just like when we got 11 82 81 67 27 then the trade line adds once were rolling again.

  • January 20, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Hawks will start winning seasonally After Keiths gone, not before.
    Sad he cant be traded as he quit on the team…
    no outside interest is real reason…lol
    Go Hawks !

  • January 20, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Did you just reference Boqvist as a “horsesman”? My God please oh please explain what there is to like about his game. I have seen a single solitary thing to like about Boqvist. Ian Mitchell is on the opposite end of the extreme because I see a ton to like.

    Boqvist is awful. And his core skill set doesn’t flash a darned thing that I have seen to be bullish on his future.

  • January 20, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    JC will not be gone by March 1 – even if he does a crappy job the Hawks will take it for this year and the high draft choice that comes with it

    More likely that he survives his 2 year extension at which time he could be replaced as could Bowman (I think both their contracts are up after 2023) if there hasn’t been significant improvement

  • January 20, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    JR – interesting lines not sure if Soderberg is best choice to centre Kane and Kub but maybe

    I agree though with those 12 Fws

  • January 20, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    I recall I was kind of jealous of other teams having so many of their forwards that were centers coming up through the ranks who were playing wing but still capable of playing center. That might be the case with the Hawks with some of the new guys breaking in now and the next couple years. Suter and Kurashev are both centers who have also played wing. Same with Reichel who is currently playing center in Germany.

  • January 21, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Not for nothing but.

    3 more 5 goal games
    Price. 10.5 mil
    Holtby 4.3 mil
    Kuemper 4.5 mil. Total 19.3 mil

    Delia 1 mil
    Subban 850.000
    Lankinen 800,000. Total. 2.650,000

    We’re saving 16.55 mil with our goalies giving up 5 goals. I think that’s another positive!

    Wrap, want someone bigger to go dig out the puck for Kubalik and Kane. Hagel digs it out for Kurashev and Suter.

  • January 21, 2021 at 1:08 am

    For the draft analysts and watchers in the previous posts. I’ve said this before on this forum, Stan Bowman believes that all of the top talent is in the top half of the draft.

    That’s why he traded Schmaltz for Strome. He thought he was getting a top 5 talent.
    That’s why he traded for Slater Koekkok. He was drafted in the top 12.
    That’s why he traded Jokiharju for Nylander. He was drafted in the top 8.
    He believed that while trying to rebuild on the fly, as long as he was getting the more talented player skill wise, in the trade, it was a good trade.
    Sadly, he has swung and missed.

    To me the only tried and true foundation to building a franchise is draft and development. Dach was a good pick. Mitchell looks like a good pick. Kurashev looks like a good pick. Boqvist might be a miss but heck so is Casey Middlested in Buffalo so is Dal Colle with the Islanders.

    If the Hawks draft Owen Power in July, I will be elated. Franchise player. We are closer to getting him now than we were a week ago.

  • January 21, 2021 at 8:03 am

    It’s much, much too early to give up on Boqvist. And, expectations should probably be metered downward for him this season. On the plus side, he seems to be a competitor and seems highly coachable. Both very good things. He obviously could use more seasoning in Rockford, but that’s not the plan for him. Small positive signs emerge for him each night. He’ll be Ok. I can’t say whether he’ll live up to his draft status as a #8 selection, but he’ll become a good player, maybe a second pairing guy. Just need to be patient. Keith wasn’t on the big squad at a similar point in his career,

  • January 21, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Live from the Big Barn on the Westside,AMEN!I get young,timid,undersized,but the inability to skate by Boqvist is maddening and will not improve.What is the Hawks attraction to soft,slow,and small players?At this point the kid is unable to protect himself against NHL players and should be sat down until Rockford becomes an option.If there was a candidate for Power Skating School over the summer this kid is it.Along with a weight training regimen.

  • January 21, 2021 at 8:16 am

    JR ROMAN,The only tweek I would make to your lineup would be to insert Carllson in to play with DeHaan or Zadorov.Your forward lines are perfect.The MARKS boys belong on a 4th line and killing penalties.Shaw digging the puck out for D Cat and Strome is exactly what they need.

  • January 21, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Good leadership is both patient and decisive. It waits to do what’s needed until it’s the right time to do it – not doing it too soon nor waiting too long. It doesn’t always turn out right but it’s not done with an emotional knee jerk reaction.

    It’s debatable whether or not the Hawks have good leadership, many on this site would argue “no”, but they appear to be more patient in making personnel decisions that the fans on message boards are willing to be. On principle, that should be seen as a good thing.

    It’s not the appropriate time to give up on Boqvist. Consider all the data points – he’s only 20, he has played less than 1 full season, he’s coachable with a good attitude, he has displayed glimpses of skills that made him a #8 overall pick , and finally – the Hawks invested their #8 overall pick in him so not only is it too soon to write him off but he gets extra time to prove it wasn’t a wasted pick.

    It’s one thing for fans on a message board to be impatient and give up on him – I’m thankful the Hawks are a little more measured in their approach to making decisions.

  • January 21, 2021 at 10:57 am

    This. This wil also help/amek easy when we add tradeline players when were deep again because we wont have to add a center per say we can add any spot which should give us more selection and maybe player thats better/even thoughs that are only L or R.

    January 20, 2021 at 11:47 pm
    I recall I was kind of jealous of other teams having so many of their forwards that were centers coming up through the ranks who were playing wing but still capable of playing center. That might be the case with the Hawks with some of the new guys breaking in now and the next couple years. Suter and Kurashev are both centers who have also played wing. Same with Reichel who is currently playing center in Germany.

  • January 21, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Plus its better to keep solmeone longer if your not getting a fair return ion trade for example Buckaroo/92 because they should get to where they are/how good they are really not when trading low thats stupid.

    January 21, 2021 at 9:30 am
    It’s one thing for fans on a message board to be impatient and give up on him – I’m thankful the Hawks are a little more measured in their approach to making decisions.

  • January 21, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Wrap Carpenter a go to pk guy, with a goalie traditionally thought to be your best pker, need all the help they can get this year. Unlikely to see Hagel in for him as much as i want to see Hagel play. Could live with those lines Tab, Kampf line playing alot against opposing top lines on 5 on 5 play, so not a bad spot for Shaw.

    Pirri seemed more like a taxi squad move when acquired, when Rfd. starts most of these young guys not on 23 man will play top minutes in Rfd. See then what taxi squad will really look like.

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